A central theme in this chapter is found in verse 12, “there is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death”. What characteristics of a faith walk allow “our way” not to seem right then end wrongly but to be right and continue well? Enter verse 8, we “understand [properly] our way” when “the wisdom of the sensible” is applied. In the rest of this chapter, Solomon helps us to see what makes up a sensible and wise way. Regarding the sensible he reminds us to: avoid “foolish” company ( verse 7), consider our steps (verse 15), and be “crowned with (ie have) knowledge” (verse 18). Regarding the wise way he reminds us to “build our house” (verses 1), use speech for protection (verse 3), and be cautious and turn from evil (verse 16). There are many other good attributes in this chapter, but those above are associated directly with being sensible and wise; lofty ideals with practical outcomes.